It’s finally here. My final day of WAVY and I can’t believe it has gone by so fast. This internship has probably been one of the best learning experiences I could have had as a college students.
There’s a lot I’ve learned at time here at WAVY. I’ve learned the ins and outs of both WordPress and Lakana, I’ve published stories on both Hrscene and WAVY.com, I’ve worked on the Hampton Roads Show set and shadowed at almost all of the departments here at WAVY. There’s a lot more that goes into working for a TV station that first meets the eye and I feel privileged to have been able to get a small taste while still in undergrad.
Some of my favorite projects at WAVY would have to be updating the Weekend Planner for Hrscene, shadowing for a full day in Promotions and spending time with Kristen Joyal learning as much as I could, and getting a chance to take part in a live broadcast by running the teleprompter and shadowing the directors and producers during both a midday show and the Hampton Roads show.
I think that the most challenging part of my internship would be adjusting to the quicker paced environment that a TV station demands. Those first few weeks as an intern I felt like I wasn’t doing much because I had so much to learn. That quickly changed, however, when I got the chance to actually start working on projects and publishing my own original content online. This is one of those publishing experiences that I probably wouldn’t have gotten if I’d interned somewhere else. The cool thing about the WAVY internship was the amount of actual projects and assignments that they gave me to do. I never felt like I was sitting around doing nothing, there was always something I could be working on.
I am so grateful for all of the experiences that my supervisor Jane and my mentors Taylor and Kevin helped give me while I was an intern. I feel more prepared for a news-related job now than I did a semester ago, I feel like I will be able to anticipate the pace and level of work that will be expected of me and I feel ready to tackle it all.
It’s been a really fun time and while I’m sad to go I’m happy to graduate and take that next step in my life. It’s good to know that it will always be, 10 on your side.